In a dramatic turn of events, President Ali Bongo of Gabon, who has been forcefully ousted from power by the military, has released a plea for his freedom. The ousted leader’s appeal was captured in a video that has been widely circulated, prompting international attention and concern.
In the video, President Ali Bongo can be heard urgently calling on people to raise awareness about his situation and advocate for his release. The embattled president’s plea comes after he and some of his family members were placed under house arrest following the military-led coup.
The military’s actions came in the early hours of Wednesday, as they invalidated the results of the recent election held on Saturday, in which Bongo was declared the winner. The soldiers not only declared the dissolution of various state institutions, including the parliament, but also sealed off Gabon’s borders, citing the need to safeguard the nation’s security and defense forces.
Speaking directly to the camera in the video message, President Ali Bongo said, “I am Ali Bongo Ondimba, president of Gabon. I want to send a message to all the friends that we have all over the world to tell them to make noise for the people here have arrested me and my family. My son is somewhere, my wife is in another place, and I am at the resident. Right now, I am at the resident and nothing is happening. I don’t know what is going on, so I am calling you to make noise, to make noise really. I am thanking you.”
This video marks President Ali Bongo’s first public appearance since the military-led coup unfolded earlier on Wednesday. The international community is closely watching the situation in Gabon, and this plea for freedom has further heightened concerns about the political crisis in the nation.
- France to Withdraw Military Presence from Niger Following Coup
- Niger Military Cuts Off Supplies to French Embassy and Consulates Amid Growing Tensions
- Niger Republic Severs Ties with Nigeria and Other Nations Amid Failed ECOWAS Mediation
- FG, NLC To Meet over Fuel Subsidy
- Reps declare Gbajabiamila’s seat vacant